More than 16,000 street parties planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

More than 16,000 street parties planned over Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend

It’s less than a week until the celebration weekend (Image: Getty/PA)

Millions of people are expected to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee over the bank holiday weekend with celebrations across the UK.

An estimated 16,000 street parties will be thrown over the long weekend after councils received “a huge number” of applications from people wanting to celebrate the monarch’s 70th anniversary.

Many councils have waived road closure management fees, of which there were 9,500 during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Local Government Association said.

A quick poll by the LGA of a dozen councils found they have approved more than 1,000 street festivals.

Projected nationwide, that could mean more than 16,000 Platinum Jubilee parties.

LGA Chair James Jamieson said: “Councils are pulling out all the stops to help their communities celebrate a historic day for our country.

“Whether it’s approving thousands of local road closures for free or hosting major community events, councils are doing what they do best and bringing people together in innovative ways to mark this important milestone.

“After two difficult years at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, we hope this time allows people to raise a toast and celebrate with loved ones and neighbors.”

Platinum Jubilee timings Metro Graphics

The most important events of the anniversary weekend (Photo: Metro Graphics)

Some street festivals are private while others are open to the public.

Hertfordshire County Council alone has received a record 475 street festival applications, while the London Borough of Waltham Forest has approved over 100 events and is hosting a mile long street festival.

While most of the street parties take place on Sunday 5 June, the jubilee celebrations kick off on Thursday when the Queen’s Birthday Parade and flag waving takes place in London, followed by the lighting of the main bonfire.

A thanksgiving service will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, followed by a reception in the Guildhall hosted by the Lord Mayor.

The celebrations continue on Saturday with the Epsom Derby and the BBC’s Platinum Party in central London.

The weekend ends with thousands of community events and the anniversary competition in London.

Communities such as Wyre Forest, Gedling and Surrey Heath host anniversary events such as bonfires, picnics and tea parties.

Elsewhere, memorial trees are being planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, and libraries are preparing for the Big Jubilee Read campaign, which celebrates books by authors across the Commonwealth published during her seven decades as sovereign.

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